NVIDIA should launch its next-generation Ampere graphics cards which will replace the Turing-based GPUs before the current year ends. After the premium and enterprise-grade GPUs leaked recently, new information about the GPU SKU and memory of the upcoming GeForce RTX 3070 and RTX 3070 Ti has appeared online.
NVIDIA now appears to be slightly altering its strategy to compete more effectively with AMD. The latter is actively prepping its RDNA 2-based Graphics Cards with a high amount of memory as standard. Specifications of NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce RTX 3070 Ti and GeForce RTX 3080 graphics cards with Ampere Gaming GPUs indicate the company intends to beat AMD in the intensely competitive mid-range segment. In other words, these upcoming NVIDIA Graphics Cards would target premium variants from AMD in the $400 to $500 segment. It is important to note that these specifications and features haven’t been confirmed by NVIDIA yet, and hence they are likely to change before the final launch.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Graphics Card Rumored Specifications:
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Graphics Card appears to be a special variant. This is because there wasn’t a ‘Ti’ variant in the ‘Turing’ generation, but NVIDIA did offer one in the previous ‘Pascal’ generation. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 received a refresh as the RTX 2070 SUPER and not as the RTX 2070 Ti. It is quite likely that NVIDIA might make some last-minute naming changes.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is expected to feature the full GA104 GPU (GA104-400-A1) SKU with a total of 3072 CUDA Cores. NVIDIA appears to be readying two boards, a PG141 and a PG142. The PG141 will reportedly feature GDDR6X memory and PG142 will feature GDDR6 memory. Interestingly, both cards will feature 8 GB of VRAM. In other words, the difference is in the generation of memory used.
SKU0 GA104-400 PG141/142 GDDR6X/6 8GB 3072=3070Ti
SKU10 GA104-300 GDDR6 2944=3070 https://t.co/p3mfchajfR
— kopite7kimi (@kopite7kimi) July 7, 2020
The GPU inside NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is similar in computing scale as the previous TU104 GPU which peaked at 3072 CUDA cores within RTX 2080 SUPER. However, the new-generation cards with the GA104 GPUs will get their main improvement to the performance from the new Ampere architecture and clock speed bump. It is not clear why NVIDIA is readying two GPUs with different memory. It is quite likely that the company might just launch a single variant depending on the availability of the new type of memory.
Despite being ahead of RTX 2080 SUPER, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is expected to cost somewhere around $500. If the retail price turns out to be accurate, buyers will be able to get similar or better performance than an existing $699 NVIDIA graphics card. Needless to mention, the price would be highly attractive and will ensure buyers go for the NVIDIA card instead of AMD.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card Rumored Specifications:
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card appears to be a slightly lower-end variant. It is reported to feature a slightly cut down GA104-300 GPU SKU. The graphics card will feature 8 GB of memory. However, the memory type is reportedly GDDR6 and not GDDR6X.
nVidia GeForce RTX 3070 (Ti) GA104
RTX 3070 Ti
8 GB GDDR6(X)
— CK's Technology News (@CKsTechNews) July 7, 2020
Interestingly, buyers could benefit from the choice of memory simply because the pin speeds on the memory can reach up to 18 Gbps. The RTX 2080 SUPER already managed to achieve 15.5 Gbps speeds. Additionally, if NVIDIA does end up using the 16 Gbps pin speeds as the base DRAM configuration on Ampere gaming GPUs, then a 256-bit card will be able to output 512 GB/s bandwidth. Needless to add, this is a noticeable improvement over 448 GB/s bandwidth prevalent in the existing Turing GPUs.
The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card will reportedly feature 2944 CUDA cores, which is identical to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080. As an extension, the RTX 3070 Ti features the same core count as the RTX 2080 SUPER. If this is accurate, NVIDIA might just price the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card at the $400 mark.idia